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Teach Youth Cheerleaders Jumping Technique!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Britten Blackburn is the President/CEO at the Alabama Cheerleading Center and also serves as the head coach of the Bama All Starz in Bessemer, Alabama. In this clip from his Cheer Champs: Skills & Drills for Youth Cheerleading video, Coach Blackburn addresses the keys to teaching youth cheerleaders how to jump.

The most important parts of jumping, as Coach Blackburn explains, are arm position, creating power, pointing the toes, and utilizing good posture and balance. Though height is important, Coach Blackburn points out that it will come later as youth athletes’ muscles get stronger.

Youth Jumps

This clip came from Championship Productions’ video, “Cheer Champs: Skills & Drills for Youth Cheerleading.” Browse more cheerleading videos online at!

Catching Basics for Your Youth Lacrosse Players!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Beth Larkin, 2010 New Jersey Coach of the Year, uses the Crosse Trainer to discuss catching basics. She advises players to keep their stick head out in front of the body and above the shoulder. Movement of each player’s feet is also stressed to ensure that they can get to the ball and catch it.

Catching Basics

For youth players, it is recommended that a coach throw balls by hand to players instead of having partners throw passes that may be too fast or inaccurate.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “CrosseTrainer: Building Proper Stick Skills with Color (Girls).” To view the latest video selections on Lacrosse Skill Development, click here.

6 New Youth Wrestling Videos!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Discover a large variety of youth wrestling skills and drills from United States Olympic Team Alternate (1996 and 2000) and 4x All American for Iowa State University, Eric Akin! He is currently a Head Coach at the East Kansas Wrestling Club, and can help your youth wrestlers develop proper fundamentals as well as work on more advanced takedowns, escapes, and pinning techniques.

Youth Wrestling<br />                                                                     Takedown<br />  Fundamentals

Learn five setups that lead to multiple attacks
Learn 10 core drills to develop muscle memory for sound positioning on the feet
Learn techniques to finish leg attacks
Youth Wrestling<br />                                                                     Escape<br />  Fundamentals

Learn stance and hand positions to build a strong base and defend attacks
See a unique twist on finishing a switch
Learn how to defend the most basic of turns
Youth Wrestling<br />                                                                     Pinning<br />  Fundamentals

Develop breakdown techniques that open up near fall and pinning holds
Learn three leg rides that will put tons of points on the board
Includes spladle techniques
Youth Wrestling<br />                                                                     Advanced<br />  Takedowns

Improve stance and motion to open up scoring opportunities
Discover a variety of set-ups that when matched with specific takedowns will increase success
Learn how to recover and score from bad positions
Youth Wrestling<br />                                                                     Advanced<br />  Escapes

Create effective wrestlers who can escape from any position
Learn how to counter five common rides from the top position
Take basic, bottom position techniques to a more advanced level using techniques from 2x Olympian Eric Akin
Youth Wrestling<br />                                                                     Advanced<br />  Pinning

Features more than 20 different pinning combinations from two-time Olympian and four-time All American Eric Akin
Learn several cheap tilts from five breakdown positions
Learn a turk series that is hard to defend with conventional defense
Learn small details that will help wrestlers get more pins


Purchase Eric Akin’s Youth Wrestling Series and SAVE $39.95!

Understand the Importance of Hitting Motion and Top Spin!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, December 6, 2013

See 2012 AVCA Clinic footage featuring youth club volleyball coach, Tim Vande Schraaf. Coach Vande Schraaf discusses the importance of a loose hand with the hitting motion and effectiveness of having top spin on your hits. 

Shot Maker

Listen to the noise created with a good contact on the ball.

View an additional clip from the video: Tips, Techniques & Drills for Teaching Young Kids Volleyball.  Also, view other Youth Volleyball Coaching videos from our massive Volleyball collection!

4 New Basketball Videos to Help Your Youth Program!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Thursday, December 5, 2013

This winter help your youth basketball team get better with the Coaching Middle School Basketball: Systems 4-Pack. Below you can learn about each DVD, and if you purchase all four of these at once, you will save $20!

Coaching Middle School Basketball: The Box Offense

Coaching Middle School Basketball: The Box Offense

  • Discover an easy-to-run offense that creates scoring opportunities for every player on the court

  • Learn 10 set plays that will force opponents off balance

  • Learn breakdown drills that build up the offense by teaching cutting, screening, and how to read the defense



Coaching Middle School Basketball: The Wheel Offense

Coaching Middle School Basketball: The Wheel Offense

  • Learn an easy-to-teach offensive system that puts perimeter players in position to attack zone defenses

  • Discover the skills players need for running the Wheel Offense

  • Get breakdown drills for teaching the Wheel

  • Learn three quick-hitting scoring opportunities to counter a zone defense


Coaching Middle School Basketball: 3-2 Match-Up Zone

Coaching Middle School Basketball: 3-2 Match-Up Zone

  • Prevent dribble penetration with this match-up zone that covers all areas of the perimeter

  • Learn how to tweak the match-up zone in order to guard out-of-bounds-under plays

  • Learn five breakdown drills that will teach the various actions for specific positions in the zone

  • Discover how athletic basketball players can trap or bait an opponent into making bad passes that lead to easy baskets on the other end of the floor


Coaching Middle School Basketball: Baseline Out-of-Bounds Plays

Coaching Middle School Basketball: Baseline Out-of-Bounds Plays

  • Learn out-of-bounds sets that can be used against man or zone defense to create numerous scoring opportunities

  • Learn breakdown drills for rehearsing scoring options and practicing the shots these plays deliver

  • Discover easy-to-teach plays that will confuse opponents





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